The Janie Dress

January 25, 2017   /   byRachel  / Categories :  Feeds
I have a tendency to underestimate how long it will take to do pretty much anything.  Pack for vacation for a family of 7? I'd estimate that would take me about 45 minutes. Sewing Christmas nightgowns for each of my girls? An hour a piece.  And so forth.

I might even go so far as to say I radically underestimate how long it will take me to do just about anything.  I mention this because most of the sewing I have been doing this winter has been using fabric and project ideas I had from last winter, but never got to.

And so it was with this black and gold striped dress with a maroon collar.  This time it worked to my advantage, though, because over one year's time a pattern was released - the Janie dress - in exactly the idea I had envisioned.  This meant I didn't have to draft my own dress, working off of my existing patterns, which always makes things infinitely easier.

I was short on fabric because another thing I chronically underestimate is how much fabric I will need.  This often requires serious ninja skillz when cutting out my patterns. (I feel like I use similar logic when loading my dishwasher, never wanting to waste any of the precious and limited space.)  So I opted out of cutting the circle skirt, which I think was the best choice anyway given I was working with stripes.  Also Indigo is older now and isn't drawn to twirly anymore.

I left the hems raw because this fabric curled a lot, and I felt it worked!

Earlier in the week, I had a dress laying on my sewing table to be mended,  Hazel had wanted to wear it, but the button was broken.  It was one of the first dresses I had ever made for Indigo, when she was only 2 years old.  (I wrote a blog post about the dress here.)

Indigo saw it and held it in her hands and said, "Mom, I remember my childhood in dresses.  As I've gotten older, I have a hard time remembering what it was like to be really little.  But when I see the dresses I wore, I remember.   I remember wearing them. I remember being 2 again."

I shared this story on IG but wanted to share it here, too, because it was so powerful to me.  It amazes me that the fabrics and dress patterns we chose today are shaping future memories.  How cool is that?

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